New York sales cool but don’t freeze

Auction results were stellar 12 months ago, but sense and caution meant the houses had to work hard for more sober results this time round


What academics can teach us about Isil

The Warburg Institute’s director is tapping into its founder Aby Warburg’s approach to historical images to explain Daesh’s shocking brutality


La Bella Principessa: still an enigma

The forger Shaun Greenhalgh’s boast that he made this chalk drawing may be fantasy, but claims that it is the work of Leonardo continue to be seen as equally dubious


Art on film: why filmmakers are drawn to artists

Movies about artists may not be nailed-on money-spinners, but more and more are appearing—and some are even box-office hits.


Move over Chelsea and Brooklyn: Harlem is where the art is

Real-estate price hikes have hastened the development of a northern gallery hub


The fine art of craft

London Craft Week celebrates makers from across the world in more than 120 events. Five of the 200-plus makers at the festival tell us about their work


Volkswagen: the motor of a global arts network

The German car-maker takes cultural sponsorship very seriously, as shown by its arts education policy and links with MoMA

Museums and the art trade: dangerous liaisons?

The relationship between public institutions and private dealers has historically taken many forms, and is anything but simple


How art went back to basics

Fifty years after its opening, the pioneers of Minimalism recall the groundbreaking exhibition Primary Structures


Singapore show adds Southeast Asia to the story of Modernism

The new National Gallery Singapore joins forces with the Centre Pompidou


Do Ho Suh: the fabric of life

As shows of his work open at opposite ends of the US, the nomadic Korean-born artist explains how his coloured cloth installations reflect his transient existence


DADA: 100 Years On

Horrified by the slaughter of the First World War, the Dadaists espoused irrationality to ridicule the logic that had led to war. But Dada’s influence has stretched far past 1918


Mark Wallinger: ‘Facing up to myself’

The UK artist has been doing some soul-searching. He tells us about his latest works, partly inspired by Freud, and his own experiences of psychoanalysis


Welcome to the virtual world

With the ground-breaking Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset hitting the mainstream later this year, a growing number of artists and museums are incorporating this and other new technologies into their work


My father and music: how Mark Rothko’s love of Mozart made his paintings sing

In an extract from his new book, Christopher Rothko explains how the master of abstraction absorbed the stylistic principles and emotional contradictions of the 18th-century genius


John Akomfrah: Sea Change

As his Venice Biennale film makes its UK debut, the British film-maker discusses growing up as a communist, the perennial issue of human migration—and why he has moved away from cinema and towards art


Tehran: Soft Power, Hard Bargains

With its infamous Modern art collection, a Tehran museum has enticed international curators and struck lucrative deals with institutions in the West. But has it sparked a wider renaissance in the Tehran art scene?


The artist helping stateless Syrians build a democracy

The Dutch artist Jonas Staal is working in Syria’s autonomous Kurdish region, alongside freedom fighters whose philosophy includes a radical feminist rejection of the state, in an attempt to challenge the accepted view of democracy and the role of the artist within it

It’s a long way from Black Mountain College

Art schools are at a crossroads as student numbers boom, tuition fees soar and traditional assumptions are challenged.

Who is making Land Art now?

As a new film hails the pioneers of the movement, a new generation of artists are staking out their own territory

Miami reconnects with Cuba

As relations improve across the Florida Straits, a string of exhibitions makes the most of the cultural ties between Miami and Havana.


Paying homage to YSL: partner’s sale of rare books will fund two new museums

The late Yves Saint Laurent’s partner, Pierre Bergé, is auctioning his world-class personal library over two years to help build spaces in Paris and Marrakech


Rebirth into a strange new world

The Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas talks about his troupe of collaborators and how we are all sculptors—as well as sculptures

From the archive: Frank Stella in 2015—on his Whitney retrospective

As a major exhibition opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the US artist reflects on how beauty is “a given” in art—and how, after nearly 60 years, he is still pursuing “the problems of painting”


Unesco at 70: fit for a purpose

Once the idealistic creation of intellectuals, Unesco is now dominated by diplomats and hamstrung by budget collapse, the debasement of its gold-standard heritage lists by narrow economic and nationalist interests, and a huge and rigid governance structure


Jewels with a past and a soul: Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani on his collection

As an exhibition of his jewellery opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Qatari prince discusses his love of England, his passion for the applied arts and how, through constant reading, he continues to refine his taste

Where have all the artists in central London gone?

Property price rises and rapid redevelopment in the capital are forcing artists to seek studio space in the suburbs and beyond.

When the West went crazy for all things Asian

The seeds of globalisation were sown by Europe and the Americas’ insatiable appetite for exotic goods

Iran’s artists begin to shine on London stage

Country's artists are reaping the benefits of a diplomatic thaw between Iran and the West

Frieze Frame: Welcome to our kunstkammer

When Frieze Masters pitches its elegant tent, a corner of Regent’s Park becomes a temporary kunstkammer. Here are six rare and intriguing works—and the stories behind them—in our very own cabinet for the curious